Phillip G. Greenfield

Kansas City, Missouri / Shareholder

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For more than 30 years, Phillip Greenfield has been litigating and trying complex commercial cases and class actions filed in federal and state courts and in arbitration, throughout the country. Mr. Greenfield represents entities and individuals, both as plaintiffs and defendants.

Significant Representations

Represented an acquiring entity against national accounting firm alleging an audit failure in the acquisition audit. After a four-week trial, the jury returned a $21.7 million verdict in favor of the firm’s clients.

Represented minority shareholders in action against majority shareholder. The case was resolved by baseball arbitration for $5.7 million.

Represented Yellow Pages publisher in class action brought by Yellow Pages advertisers claiming $135 million in damages for breach of contract. Following a six-week jury trial in California Superior Court (Oakland), the trial court granted our client’s motion for directed verdict at the close of all of the evidence.

Represented Yellow Pages publisher in class action brought by Yellow Pages advertisers claiming in excess of $50 million in damages. Following a series of bench trials in California Superior Court (Orange County), the matter was settled with no monetary payment to the class.

Represented financial services company in arbitrating claims of breach of contract for sale of subsidiary, resulting in an award in excess of $350 million. American Century Investment Management, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Invest Holdings, LLC, AAA Arbitration No. 58148Y0022009, Award confirmed, Case No. 1116-CV21103 (Cir. Ct. Jackson Cty., Mo.)

Practice Areas

  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Class Actions
  • Other Multi-Party Litigation
Prior Work Experience

Judicial Clerk, Judge Scott O. Wright
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1988-1990


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D.
Cum Laude, 1988
• Order of the Coif
• Missouri Law Review, Member

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S. in Accounting, 1985

University of Missouri-Columbia, Varsity Football – 1981-1984

  • Academic All Big Eight – First Team
  • Honorable Mention – All Big Eight – Center
  • Three-year Varsity Letterman
  • Elected Co-Captain – 1984


Honors & Awards

Rated AV Preeminent – Martindale Hubbell – Judiciary and Bar Editions

Litigation Counsel of America

America’s Top 100
Bet-the-Company Litigators

Missouri and Kansas
Super Lawyers Magazine – 2005 to Present

Best of the Bar
Kansas City Business Journal

Top Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas
KC Magazine

Top Attorneys in the Kansas City Area
KC Business Magazine


American Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

The Trial Law Institute

Diversity Law Institute

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Bar Admissions



United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Rose Brooks Center
Board of Directors